Theatre and Dance Department Requires Vaccination for all Performers

After consulting with the Health Center, the COVID Support Team, and following the latest vaccination policies at Western Washington University, Theatre and Dance Department Chair Rich Brown, and Director of Dance Susan Haines, agree that a fully vaccinated cast is the best way we can support the safety and well-being of those involved and those in our community who are unable to receive vaccinations.  

This summer we have been discussing the best ways we can keep our community safe and build upon the successful performances that took place in person for the 2020-2021 academic year. Performing includes high-risk activities, such as singing, dancing, and close interaction with fellow cast members. Moving forward, every performer taking part in our departmental productions must be fully vaccinated to participate. Even if a student has received an approved waiver or exemption to attend WWU, waivers will not apply to be a part of our productions. Current members of production teams will receive an email in the next several days with additional information about their requirements and duties.

For students who are interested in auditioning who have not been vaccinated, we are recommending that you begin the vaccination process immediately. To be eligible for the show, you must have received all doses (2 shots for Pfizer and Moderna, 1 shot for Johnson and Johnson) and wait 2 weeks after the final dosage for full effectiveness. Auditions for several shows will be taking place at the start of Fall quarter, so there is just enough time to complete these steps before auditions will begin. Students should be prepared to provide proof of vaccination upon being cast, though specific details on this process will be shared at a later date.

Thank you for helping us keep our community protected for this upcoming quarter. More news about auditions, classes, and University standards will be shared in the coming weeks, so be sure to check our websites regularly for the latest news. If you have questions or concerns in the meantime, please contact

Stay safe and well and we look forward to seeing you this Fall!

Friday, August 20, 2021 - 9:19am